A report revealed that Britain has been witness to a record number of 227 spooky（幽灵般的） events last year.
The Fringe Weird Report compiled by the Rev Lionel Fanthorpe, a Cardiff-based Anglican priest, found that ghosts, UFOs, strange sounds and road phantoms（幻影） were the most common spooks experienced.
Also among the reports are poltergeists（恶作剧鬼） , crop circles and shucks - spectres of large black dogs.
In a normal year there are 140 to 180 reports but the number has been rising steadily.
"It has to be considered that news spreads faster in our technological days with mobile phones and the Internet. However, it’s beginning to look as if 2010 will produce a higher-than-average number of reports," the Sun quoted Fanthorpe as saying.
Some of the paranormal（超常的） hotspots around the country:
Prestwick: The most recent event - a man on Saturday reported seeing a ball-shaped red object in the sky close to this Scottish town that changed colour, flew and was joined by other similar shapes.
Truro: Passers-by reported in February hearing the rattling of chains at Comprigney Field, where criminals'' bodies were exhibited in an iron cage known as a gibbet（绞刑架） .
Ipswich: A woman was seen in February looking from a window in the Crown Hotel when the room was thought to be unoccupied.
Trowbridge: Unexplained orbs of light, a strange phantom figure and examples of poltergeist activity were reported in March at the Wiltshire town''s Rose and Crown pub.
Exeter: St Thomas station is apparently haunted by a person wearing heels who likes to pat dogs. The animals respond affectionately（亲切地） even though no one can be seen. The latest report was in August.
York: A girl carrying a child is reported on misty（模糊的） evenings on the A64 Malton Road where a highwayman（拦路强盗） supposedly murdered her. She was spotted in April.
Culcreach Castle: A phantom harpist（竖琴师） plays and in June was heard by boatmen on Loch Lomond.